When the Seattle Seahawks acquired Quinton Dunbar in a trade with the Washington Redskins last week, the team got more than a veteran cornerback in the deal.
Former Redskins defensive backs coach Ray Horton says Dunbar resembles a Seahawk of the past, who was a catalyst in Seattle’s most successful run in sports history.
“To me, it would be Richard Sherman,” Horton told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. “Because of his style of play, the hands, the anticipation, the (being a) former wide receiver, the competitiveness. Really that’s what you are getting is a young Richard Sherman. And this kid is hungry. He wants to be good.”
Dunbar played wide receiver in college at Florida, before making the switch to corner when he became a pro. Sherman, on the other hand, made the shift while in college at Stanford. The two also share similar body types. Dunbar is 6’2” with 32” arms, while Sherman is 6’3” with 32” arms.
Sherman went from former fifth-round pick to a five-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks.
Dunbar, an undrafted free agent, landed with the Redskins and carved his role as a full-time starter, before a hamstring limited his season to just 11 games in 2019. He recorded four of his nine career interceptions last season.
“He’s a joy to work with,” Horton said. “He works hard, he pushes himself, and he pushes his teammates. But there’s nothing wrong with that kind of a player. You want that kind of a player.”
“You are getting that type of player – they are going to love this kid.”
Dunbar says he’s admired Sherman and the Legion of Boom secondary for years.
“Man, I know everything about them. I grew up, I was still in college watching those guys,” Dunbar told 710 ESPN. “I wasn’t a DB at the time, but the Legion of Boom, watching Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, who, when I made that transition, I watched a lot of film on Richard Sherman and things of that nature. I know they’ve got great history there and I’m just looking forward to being part of that secondary and helping out all I can.”
While Sherman and Dunbar share a number of similarities, Dunbar will set to carve his own legacy in Seattle. He’ll start by competing with Tre Flowers for the Seahawks starting job in the secondary.